THE Windsor Melbourne may be a historic hotel but when it comes to afternoon teas it’s decidedly up to the minute. Chefs worldwide have declared the eclair the teatime treat of choice (macarons and cupcakes are so last year, apparently) and, in keeping with the trend, Windsor pastry chef Gette Eliso is turning out all manner of feather-light choux creations. Sample, say, a delicate lemon with Italian meringue arrangement or, in a decadent twist on the classic, a Parisian version with Belgian chocolate cream and ganache. Eliso and her team are creating more than 1000 hand-piped morsels a week, mini versions of which have made their way on to the hotel’s threetiered fine-china tea-time stands and platters for its weekend buffet. The Windsor Melbourne, celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, has been serving afternoon teas since it opened and now offers two sittings daily; $59 midweek or $79 weekends. More: thehotelwindsor.com.au.